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Mississippi 22, Kentucky 19

(AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

By CHRIS BURROWS

OXFORD, Miss. - Austin Keys and Jared Ivey each forced fumbles in the final three minutes, both inside the red zone, and No. 14 Mississippi held off No. 7 Kentucky 22-19.

Keys and Ivey forced Wildcats quarterback Will Levis to fumble on consecutive possessions with AJ Finley and Tavius Robinson recovering both, respectively. Both plays stopped potential game-winning drives inside the 20 to preserve the victory for the Rebels (5-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference).

Jonathan Cruz's go-ahead, 26-yard field goal late in the third quarter put Ole Miss up 22-19 and set the stage for the tense, frantic finish. The Rebels' defense first forced the Wildcats to turn over the ball over on downs early in the fourth before creating the turnovers to seal the win.

Levis led Kentucky (4-0, 1-1) to the Ole Miss 18 before fumbling while diving for additional yardage. The Wildcats created a final opportunity on Levis 51-yard pass to Barion Brown to the 7. After a touchdown-nullifying illegal motion penalty, Levis fumbled on the next play on a sack by Ivey with 58 seconds remaining.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kentucky: The Wildcats failed on two extra points, a wide-left 39-yard field goal attempt in the first half and an illegal motion penalty that wiped out a potential game-winning TD pass in the final minute - and that was the difference in a close game. The win snapped an eight-game winning streak that spanned two seasons.

Mississippi: The Rebels survived a competition upgrade after blowing through a softer-than-expected September schedule. Ole Miss is 16-3 over two seasons and positioned itself to be the best team in the SEC other than top-ranked Georgia or No. 2 Alabama. The Rebels are 5-0 for the first time since 2014.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter KtyMiss
Miss TD 7:09 Zach Evans 4 yd run (Jonathan Cruz kick) 0 7
Miss TD 0:59 Quinshon Judkins 48 yd run (Jonathan Cruz kick) 0 14
Kty TD 0:00 Chris Rodriguez Jr. 10 yd run (blocked XP) 6 14
Second Quarter KtyMiss
Miss SF 10:28 Team safety 6 16
Miss FG 7:03 Jonathan Cruz 53 yd FG 6 19
Kty TD 1:23 Tayvion Robinson 5 yd pass from Will Levis (failed 2pt rush) 12 19
Third Quarter KtyMiss
Kty TD 6:22 Jordan Dingle 17 yd pass from Will Levis (Matt Ruffolo kick) 19 19
Miss FG 2:19 Jonathan Cruz 26 yd FG 19 22
Team Stats
  Kentucky Ole Miss
First downs 17 19
  Rushing 7 10
  Passing 9 9
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 7-14, 50% 7-14, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 37-108 39-186
Passing Yards 220 213
Return Yards 172 51
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-24-0 15-29-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--32 0-0
Punts 2 4
Punts-Average 51.5 43
Fumbles Lost 3-2 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-15 3-31
Time of Possession 36:53 23:07
Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Levis 18 24 220 2 0
Ole Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Dart 15 29 213 0 1
Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Rodriguez Jr. 19 72 3.8 1
I. Cummings 1 23 23.0 0
J. McClain 5 21 4.2 0
K. Smoke 2 6 3.0 0
T. Robinson 1 5 5.0 0
W. Levis 9 -19 -2.1 0
Ole Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Q. Judkins 15 106 7.1 1
J. Dart 8 40 5.0 0
J. Henry 2 26 13.0 0
Z. Evans 9 24 2.7 1
J. Mingo 1 0 0.0 0
J. Watkins 1 0 0.0 0
Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Brown 2 81 40.5 0
C. Rodriguez Jr. 3 40 13.3 0
J. Dingle 3 30 10.0 1
D. Key 2 28 14.0 0
T. Robinson 4 16 4.0 1
B. Bates 2 10 5.0 0
C. Magwood 1 8 8.0 0
J. McClain 1 7 7.0 0
Ole Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Heath 6 100 16.7 0
J. Watkins 2 49 24.5 0
M. Trigg 3 41 13.7 0
Q. Judkins 1 14 14.0 0
J. Mingo 1 3 3.0 0
C. Kelly 1 3 3.0 0
Z. Evans 1 3 3.0 0
Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Jones 1 0
Ole Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Goodfellow 2 103 51.5
Ole Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
F. Masin 4 172 43.0
Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Robinson 1 0 0
Ole Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Brown 3 164 54.7
J. McClain 1 8 8.0
Ole Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Wade 2 51 25.5
Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length
M. Ruffolo 39
Ole Miss Missed FG
Player Length




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